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morning. i'm mark haines. >> i'm erin burnett. front and center, benjamin s. bernanke. >> yes. >> will be testifying in front of the house financial services committee about the economy and anything else they want to talk about. that'll be live in an hour. >> how about the exit strategy? imagine there will be some questions about that. the sec meets on possibly curbing short sales. huge issue for the market. full details coming up. >> and president obama meeting with key business leaders. it's all happening during this show. we've got a lot of breaking news, big headlines for you. we will be all over it, mark. how are your futures? >> not too good. >> no. >> up 0.70. we get a little break here because we closed a point above fair value. but, you know, looking at maybe 15, 20 points on the dow at the open. let's hit the markets. peel back the layers of the onion starting with brian shactman at the big board. >> thank you. listen, asia and europe were pretty mixed. germany, their economy in an absolute standstill. doint need to go over bernanke and all things going on in d.c. wi
because of the greece situation, and also because fed chief ben bernanke is saying that they're going to look into the swaps specifically with goldman. so that is an issue, of course, as well. i want to bring in brian shactman who has been down here all day and tracking all of this action. a very big day, indeed, brian. let's talk about the economic situation and how the jobless claims are affecting this market. >> the truth is when americans woke up today, we will have a negative open because of europe. the concerns over greece, of course, made the euro softer and the dollar strengthen. we've had a real correlation with the dollar and the euro in eshgsz kitties and jobless claims hit and it was muted and boom, we bottomed out and they were a concern today and we have traders saying this is a 70% greece and the others is saying 100% about jobs. a lot of earnings and there's a big, big deal that we want to talk about today as well. >> coca-cola enterprises. this had been to some extent, somewhat expected within the m&a community. when you see a deal like this a multibillion deal, one w
. the president, mr. bernanke, secretary lahood, testifying on the toyota issues on the hill. let's take a breakaway. we're going to watch them all and bring in john harwood, steve liesman and andrew par menty yea, managing partner with height analytics and open the discussion here. steve, you've been listening to mr. bernanke sum it up for us. what are the three or four bullet points. >> he reiterate that the fed will remain exceptionally low. that was a little bit more dovish than maybe some expected. you see the bond market rallied a bit. the dollar kind of hung in there. stocks have done better while bernanke's been talking. interesting comments on the volcker rule where i guess he's in opposition to the president's strong ideas about banning proprietary trading by the banks. he's saying you can do that idea, but it's frouth with danger and a better way might be to give the regulators authority to limit risky activity. he's got a less or thoughdox version of the volcker rule which is what is already in the house bill >> he also made interesting comments on deflation because one of th
to thank chairman bernanke for being here today. starting with your discussion on page 4, in addition to closing special facilities the federal reserve is normalizing its lending to commercial banks through the discount window and you go on to talk about your new federal funds rate and discussion about why you have done this and encouraging banks to go to the private market for investment and you say further in this discussion that these adjustments are not expected to lead for higher financial conditions for households and businesses. the last thing i heard before i came here this morning was a prediction by some of the analysts on television that in about one month we can expect that there will be an increase in interest rates on mortgages and home loans and everybody that i've talked to really believes that this change that you have made in the federal funds rate is what's going to trigger that. is that true or did you give any thought to this? how can you guarantee that it won't? >> congresswoman, it's not the federal funds rate that we raised. it was the discount rate. >> the dis
call." i am trish regan and we are 09 minutes into today's trading. market lower amid ben bernanke's comments and we'll talk about the fed's exit strategy and what it means for your money right now. hey there, larry. >> hey, trish. i'm larry kudlow, conflicting reports on whether there's a european plan to bail out greece. we'll have a live report from brussels and we'll discuss what needs to be done right here. good morning, melissa. >> as toyota's problems mount we ask are cars just too overengineered and sophisticated computers doing more harm than good. this is "the call" on cnbc. >>> it looked like it was going to be a positive day on this snowy morning in new york city as traders remained optimistic that there would be a bailout for greece, but then germany said there was no imminent plan and the rallies stalled and after ben bernanke announced the fed's exit strategy. take a look at how the s&p 500 is trading. it is down seven points on the day and it's two-thirds of a percentage point. take a look at the dow, it's down 59, almost 60 points and that's 0.1% and sitting below
. >> but they will be -- >> who will they be? >> ben bernanke. >> okay. senate banking committee. president holds a key health care meeting. that's why we have the white house. what else? >> snow in the northeast. it started as rain this morning for many this morning who are watching but it has turned into thick -- >> wet, heavy. >> idyllic if you're looking to -- >> don't shovel this stuff. >> well, good morning, everyone. it's good to be with you. we're here, glad you're here. i'm erin burnett. >> i'm mark haines. >> it says i'm market haines. i want everyone to know it's funny. >> yes, i noticed that. also front and center the number of u.s. workers filing initial claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. >> coca-cola striking a deal to buy the north american operations of its largest bottler. you just saw the ceo there. >> heinz posted $231 million profit. a lot of ketchup. >> futures are sad. >> not good. >> part of the reason for the sadness was an unexpected jump in unemployment claims. >> hum. >> much bigger jump than anticipated. a lot of people are looking through it and saying i
not agreed to anything yet. >> and ben bernanke will be releasing his ideas on how the fed is going to pull back from its current role of propping up the economy in every way, shape, and form. we're going to have that live at 10:00. i know his comments are coming out, mark. i'm not sure if he's actually going to physically be there because you know in washington it's a little snow. what are they going to do? >> i think they now have a total of 50, five zero, inches on the ground. >> yeah, yeah. >> we also have big snow issues in new york, baltimore, philadelphia, airports closed, schools closed. it's a real mess. this is a live picture. >> wow. >> well, it was a live picture of reagan national airport. it is empty. >> that's amazing. it really is. mark, you know i remember when there was a forecast of snow things would be shut down and called off and to your point pretty incredible what has been going on there. snowmageddon. that's an amazing picture, live. no one at the airport. >>> the futures right now are plus 0.70 on the s&ps. we needed 1.42 to get to fair value. so it's very close to
on a bailout for the debt-strapped country. >>> on exit strategy, ben bernanke unveiling his plan for the fed's next move. and the house of mouse, disney posting strong quarterly results and investors are responding. a cnbc exclusive with ceo bob ieger, "squawk box" begins right now. >> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick. joe and carl are out today. steve liesman is spending the week on set with me and this morning we are joined by "fortune" magazine editor andy soerwer. >> good to be here. >> meantime, wall street is bracing for a winter storm this morning as the second snowstorm in a week descend eds on new york. washington, philadelphia, they are expected to be hit and hit hard. the federal government in washington is closed for a third straight day at an estimated cost of $100 million in lust productivity. government offices in boston, baltimore and philadelphia all announcing that they will be closed. congress, by the way, is canceling votes and rescheduling hearings. the united nations headquarters in new york city shutting down schools all th
. >> if you want to keep jobs here, you have to find a way to incentivize corporations. bernanke's height rate plan. we will take a look at the policy shift. >> it costs $150 billion a year to treat alzheimer's. medivation is helping find a cure. the stock is up 80% of the year. their ceo joins us about their late stage development drug. >>> the fed is set to unveil its rate hike plan. it is going to be a delicate balancing act for policymakers. steve liesman heads big reporting on this story for weeks, months, maybe years, joins us now with the very latest update. steve, what are they cooking up? >> you know, the question, you know, fed chairman goes to the hill wednesday. the question is whether we will hear anything new from the considerable talk from the fed already about the exit strategies which we reported quite a bit. fed has been transparent about the plans to unwind easy policies. not necessarily in one place. the reason the fed wants to let markets know what it is cooking up for the piece. but afraid too much talk to believe war over the financial cries sis over. the fed does want t
't paying attention. my lead of the bernanke speech was discount rate to be hiked. my lead on the minutes was -- >> it sounds like -- >> let me finish, melissa, just be clear, my sources are telling me in the wake of this that the concept there's another bit to come is not necessarily true. they may stop here. so the idea that somehow they're just beginning this process of going back to 100 over on the fed funds is not true. it's out there in a lot of stuff. they may stop here. >> rich bernstein -- >> i want to ask both of you. do you think fed funds december 31, 2010 will be higher than they are today? >> well, let me answer that question and put it back to you. the typical forecast, is that the unemployment rate will be 9.5% or higher. also, that the inflation rate over the last year will be 1 to 1.25%. i have to ask you if you think at that point the fed would begin to tighten? you tell me. >> first of all, i think the bond market will -- i don't think the bond market looks at core. i hate to argue with on you this one, but if we find the inflation rate starts breaking 3, 3.5, we break
year. government spending has done next to nothing. bernanke still has no real strategy. we're going to get to all of that with our market panel. who joins us now to talk about these many events of the week. we have peter morici of university of maryland. dan fitzpatrick and john carney returns. you know, dr. frolick, i want to begin with you. not greece, not the euro, not the snows, nothing really week.d stocks from going up the market has peaked in mid january and hasn't moved much in many months. but the fact remains, things may not be so bad. weigh in. >> i think it comes down to earnings, larry. we got some great efshgs. across the board, time warner, ann taylor, a look at comcast, even moodie and sony, it wasn't just earnings, larry, it was top-level revenue growth. the big picture, when you look at china, understand even with them slowing down, when they slowed down the first time, china banks still let $2 billion this january. third highest on record. as investors you have to realize this is money already in pipeline. when you think of china mustard seeds, larry, they're abou
the height of the economic crisis. ben bernanke was expected to testify but the hearing was canceled because of the snow. bernanke says the fed will likely raise it is interest rate it pays banks. raise the rate but analysts say that could hurt folks looking for consumer loans because banks have incentive to sit on their money rather than lend. this is the cycle and we're gob to move forward. bernanke says the move is months away and claims it's best for the fed to recoup the money it loaned out. you may wonder why would the federal reserve do something to make it more difficult to get loans? at the same time, the obama administration wants banks to extend loans to small business to say they can hire more workers. it's a central component of the job creation plan. major garrett has more. how can each happen at the same time, as if i didn't know? >> i've talked to senior administration officials and of course the federal reserve is an independent agency, the white house and treasury department don't like to talk about the policy but the federal reserve and government are more interlinked sinc
't you tell us what you think after hearing a couple days of bernanke's testimony on the hill. does it change your outlook on what the fed is doing? >> no, as long as they use the magic words, extended period, we know the fed will be on hold for at least six months. that's what bill dudley told us. he said extended period was the language the fed has put in the policy statement, means at least six months. it was a phrase repeated by st. louis fed president bullard recently. so whenever bernanke puts his word in on it as well, we can feel assured that the fed is not likely to move for at least six months. the fed needs to be very clear at this day and age. so if they're telling us that that's what extended period means, that's what it means. and so, until there's some other clarifying comments, that's what we have to go on. >> we had somebody who told us yesterday that maybe they could move 25, 50 basis points. it's not the extended period but they're focusing on the incredibly low rates. either one of you guys quily think that's the case? >> the focus is on the extraordinary program
tonight. thank you. the federal reserve chairman ben bernanke laid out the blueprint for the fed's plan to recoup all the money it loaned out in the great recession and in turn winding down the stimulus program. bernanke issued a statement saying the fed will try to raise the interest rate it pays banks to keep money in the u.s. central bank. analysts say that way banks would be less inclined to put money on risky investments. but they also say that could hurt consumers because those banks would have more incentive to sit on their money and earn interest rather than lend it out to you and me. but, bernanke says the plan will not be implemented until the economy is on a firmer footing. on wall street, the stock market managed to steady itself before the closing bell today. after hearing bernanke's plans concerning the central bank, stocks suffered sharp early losses before reversing course later in the day. the market ended up just about where it started. the dow dropped 20 to close a little bit above the 10,000 mark. the nasdaq down 3. the s&p off 2. while the fed works on the financial
, you have three big concerns. bernanke's confirmation, slowing china growth and obama slapping the banks around in the aftermath of the massachusetts miracle. i think investors have really focused upon those things and have used those skuexcuses to t profit. >> you don't seem to think things are over. we're due for a pullback and maybe the bull market continues? >> you look at fourth quarter earnings right now and i guess we're about halfway through the season. two-thirds of the company have beaten on revenues. you have consensus earnings for s&p that have now moved up to $76 a share. that puts multiple of a 14 times forward earnings. you have core inflation below 2% year over year. 3.6% treasury yield. multiples are too low. you'll see more corporate earnings improvements and stocks will go higher. >> massachusetts miracle? massachusetts disaster maybe. massachusetts tragedy maybe. >> depends on your point of view. >> i guess it does. i want to get that other side in. >> why are you looking at me? phil is the guest. >> i'm sorry. >> jay, what do you think of that scenario? thi
that the company is revamping its recall procedures. ben bernanke is telling the house committee that lower interest rates are still needed ho help the economi economy rec. home sales fell to a record low level, that is the 3rd state drop. hummer is a goner. general motors is discontinuing the brand. the deal to sell hummer to a chinese company is falling through. >>> carnival is saying that prices are going up as business picks up. that is business, i'm sandra smith. >>> coming up the president of a state school is reportedly
that was reiterated by ben bernanke on capitol hill, people started buying stocks. our futures are down right now so this roller coaster ride looks like it will continue today. >> i'm assure you were watching prosecute akio toyoda testified before lawmaker on capitol hill. what did you make of tat testimony and his appearance there. >> i thought he was very sincere. i thought that he was very good to speak in english and not do the ## (voice of translator): later as best he could. i thought congress was very easy on him compared to the way they treated tim geithner and ben bernanke and some others here over the last few months. but by and large, i think the meat and potatoes was the day before. i think that was when we really got to the crux of the matter what we needed to do and what congress needed to do as a governing body in relation to the situation. i think yes, there was more of an opportunity for the president to speak to the american people, the president of toyota, that is, and he did that. >> thank you, chris. we'll see you tomorrow. and here at hem, just what you thought it was safe tou
americans back to work as soon as possible. >> reporter: ben bernanke says jobs are the key to an economic rebound. >> unemployment is the biggest problem we have. >> reporter: meanwhile, there's more bad news from the housing front. despite continuing tax incentives from uncle sam, new home sales in january unexpectedly plunged to a record low. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >> that announcement from fed chairman bernanke sent stocks higher today. the dow picked up 92 points and finished at 10,374. the nasdaq was up 22 points on the day and the s&p gained 11 points. >>> police and demonstrators clashed today in greece. an estimated 50,000 demonstrators staged a march in athens against government austerity measures. some of the steps may include salary cuts and pension reforms. labor unions organized this protest march. things got violent for about lf an hour near the parliament. protesters hurled rocks, red paint and plastic bottles at riot police and the police responded with batons and tear gas. today the unions also called a 24-hour strike that grounded flights, shut down schools,
talking about bernanke in how the suggestion that rates will stay low for a long time, it was a positive for this market. >> i think so. i think that you're seeing a lot of sloppiness in a market without a lot of conviction. for my money i think that the two buzz words are exit strategy for 2010 and the sovereign risk and we've seen the risk. the euro gets their own structural problems but i think that the chinese implementing their exit strategy in the beginning of this year has kind of set the tone. bernanke's going to stay liquid, he's going to stay accomodated for a good long time and that's a mixed message. the fed's really not going to tighten, not going to make things difficult for us and then again the credit and the economy still needs a little bit support. we kind of grind out 2010, i think that we end up higher on the year but it's going to be a tough road down. >> so, do we end higher overall, you say? >> i think so in the u.s. >> substantially higher? >> i think high single digits will probably be a reasonable expectations. >> and what would be the way given the various fact
. musberger. >> that's where the sum is mitt will be taking place. for the second time today ben bernanke will come face to face with lawmakers who want his exit strategy from the drastic measures the fed took to keep the economy going. >> steve, what can you tell us about not annual what the fed chair said, but did he give a hint on where interest rates are headed? >> he did. he said what are considered on wall street, chuck, the magic words that the fed will remain exceptionally low for an extended period. that phrase has guided wall street's forecast for where the fed will be. it basically means the fed will not change policy for six months. you sat there, read the testimony. as soon as he said those words you knew they were safe. so the idea is the fed leading up to this had done some mechanical things that some in the market mistook for the beginning of tightening, but they were just what the fed called normalization. so the fed chairman needed to say that and he said it. what i think is because banking and regulatory reform is alive in the senate, if not the house -- remember, they
reserve chairman ben bernanke told a house committee today that he does not expect to raise record low interest rates anytime soon. he said the rates are needed to ensure the economic recovery continues. that was good for wall street. the dow gained 91 3/4. s&p 500 picked up 10 2/3. the nasdaq finished ahead 22 1/2. not so good news sales of new home plunged to the lowest level on records. going back nearly half a century. sales dropped 11.2% in jang. the top man at toyota said the auto maker which recalled 8 million vehicles recently has been too successful for its own good. senior correspondent brian wilson reports how the explanation and apology played on capitol hill. >> reporter: though toyota is facing criminal and civil investigations, the grandson of the man who founded the company, akio toyoda, appeared today on capitol hill to answer questions and to say he's sorry. >> i regret that this as a result is a safety issue described in the recall he face today. and i'm deeply sorry for any accident that toyota drivers have experienced. >> reporter: toyoda said he feared the company
like the saints have it for a second. >> the guest host is inside the bernanke huddle during the financial crisis, former fed governor randy kroszner. >>> a big play here, a big play there, and the bulls may be ready to run. >> picked off. look out. just passed manning and tracy porter taking the ball all the way. touchdown, new orleans! >> "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ ♪ >>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with steve liesman, carl and joe are out but in studio we also have new york times reporter andrew ross sorkin. our guest host, randy kroszner, a business professor at the booth school of business. great to have you here, randy. >> great to see you. >> we have a lot to talk to you about this morning. let's go to your morning rundown. we have a game plan with howard ward, portfolio manager for gamco investors growth fund. then we'll see if we can diffuse the debt bomb that threatens the global market. it's a small problem we'll try to fix this morning. later we'll be monday morning quarterbacking the super bow
concerns that the market has across the spectrum. and you've got bernanke talking about higher rates. fed funds are pricing in almost 100% probability that we have rates lower in march. if we start to see more rhetoric out of the fed with respect to what they're going to do with the rates, that is outside of market expectations right now currently. >> what are you telling people tow to do snt. >> right now, volt tilt is at a level to finance shorter purchases and hedges. given the uncertainty, i don't think it's fair to say that volatility is expensive on the front end. >> anthony, real quick, berna e bernanke's exit strategy speech yesterday, does it move up your sense of the timing for when the fed will ultimately tighten? >> it really didn't, steve. the federal reserve basically injected $1.5 trillion in the liquidity in the credit crisis. it would be irresponsibility of the fed to not outline a credit strategy. i think he made it very clear that he wanted to give us the thumb nails strategy of what this is going to be like. is he going to normalize the discount rate? yes. but remembe
. people still point to may of '07 when bernanke says subprime is 9% of mortgages, right? they're not infallible. and we can't expect them to be, i guess, is the answer, right? >> none of us is infallible. if you didn't learn that, you missed something over the course of the past three years. >> dan's with us for the rest of the program. we've got a lot more to talk about. >>> meantime, any questions or comments this morning, we'd love to hear from you. our address is squawk@cnbc.com. >>> when we come back, european exposure, debt crisis overseas, how some u.s. companies might be impacted. >>> still to come, olympic skiers headed to the starting gate at whistler while bankers in new york await a possible auction. we'll get an update from daniel nu mudd, the ceo of fortress, just ahead. >>> time now for today's "aflac trivia question." what baseball player nicknamed the georgia peach amassed 4,189 hits in his career? this is not more benefits at greater cost to your company insurance. this is not how does it fit in my company's budget insurance. this is help protect and care for
strategies tomorrow, another camp, which we think chairman bernanke is in and made clear last week in his testimony before congress, which is we'll start to sell assets and we'll start to do these other things, but after we hike. and then there's a middle camp that says we would love to get rid of some of the assets on our balance sheet but we're not going to do that until we're shoe the economy is in full swing, and we're not going to destroy things. they don't want to make a policy mistake. they still think the economy is fragile enough they don't want to push us back into a recession. >> thanks so much for stepping in and talking to us about this. we appreciate it soon. stay with us back in a moment with more. , seeing if we have enough points to stay longer. now? you don't have enough time... and you have to push all those buttons... no buttons, someone answers every time. yeah, right... bet you a massage... yeah, ok. hi, julie... i have a question about my points. hi, what button do i press for a massage? hello? new chase sapphire... you call. we answer. no waiting. just press right
, 50 basis points or 100 basis points would be out of whack. >> did you see bernanke's swearing-in? >> i didn't.he president wasn't? >> how do you talk about transparency when you have a private swearing-in ceremony in apparently there is no legal standing for the swearing-in ceremony, because he was approved while he was still chairman. if the chairmanship expired, there would need to be a -- >> why would you need to see someone sworn in? you think he's actually going to swear? >> typically a president or a top official at some time -- >> but transparency, though. >> the most public fight over a fed chairman. >> the ceremonyial way. >> it's not a legal thing. >> you want him to answer questions that you pose him, you don't want to see the ceremony of someone swearing in, how did he look, what was his expression? was he worried? >> does it help he was in matter? >> i don't think it matters. >> this isn't what transparency was watched. i want to have watched it. i wouldn't have taken time out of my day to watch it. >> it shows you what a nerd you are. >> i don't want to be surpri
week leading a charge to convince ben bernanke and geithner to use their power to increase liquidity for the commercial marketplace. good or bad idea? >> right. well, i don't want to see the government actually spending money. one of the problems we have in commercial real estate, in fact in small business lending is the regulators, government is leaning on small banks so hard they are scared to lend now. and it's an overreaction. we get overlenient on regulations sometimes and then overregulatory and i think we're having too much regulation today. gregg: your bottom line is government, butt out. brian wesbury, thanks for being with us. >> thanks, great to be with you. martha: surveillance camera images that are truly horrifying. a 15-year-old girl, hard to watch, folks -- savagely beaten, while security guard, the guys in the vests, standing around while the girl is kicked in the head. what are these people's excuses for what they did? and what is this city doing now to stop this? >> plus it looks more like the northeast than the south. can you believe this? a wicked winter storm is
. jon: "happening now" in the top box. ben bernanke on the hill right now expressing confidence the economic recovery will endure. but he stresses the importance of keeping interest rates at record lows. knowledge crews meeting a jetblue in fort lauderdale. someone onboard was injured when the flight hit turbulence. in the bottom box the world health organization says the h1n1 flu outbreak has been less severe than expected. the group will review the status of the pandemic to decide fit has peaked. jane: this is a story that will interest you and may outrage. a convicted rapist has been charged in a horrifying new attack. prosecutors say william french sexually assaulted a woman twice in her home in the boston area. in between the two attacks he cut off a gps device he was wearing because he violated his probation. why after violating his probation was he allowed to remain free and just have a gps on him? you said this is not necessarily surprising, this case. >> unfortunately we have seen more of these kinds of cases. it shows a failure in the system. why aren't the level 3 sex
bush, ben bernanke, tim geithner to get the record out. this is news in and of itself, michelle, beyond the details you point out. his first-person account goes into the record and it's going to be essential to figure out where did we go wrong and how do we fix it? amazing to me the number of things that aren't fixed yet. >> final thought to you? >> i agree with steve. it was remarkable book. it helps the history exicle record. i call it pg version. he said the british screwed us. in my book he uses a colorful phrase. >> andrew, thank you. steve, thank you. the word on the street goldman sachs' ceo lloyd blankfein could collect a bonus up to $100 million according to the report in the times of london. goldman sachs roundly distribpu the rumor saying there's speculation and there's stupidity. this speculation transcends the stupid and takes it to a new level. i would call that -- that would be your denial-denial. >> that would be a strong denial. goldman sachs shares gaining 90% for a year and about 4% higher right now. the goldman sachs folks knocked this story down. it is only in the t
together with bernanke's exit speech, you put that together and people say, wait a second, maybe the tight is turning. and being on top of the timing of when the fed starts to tighten or when the rhetoric changes, because when the rhetoric changes, that's when rates will change. and if there weren't enough international news, the european central bank plans to join forces of the european commission to monitor the situation in greece. ecb president jean-claude trichet says the two will draw up necessary measures to maintain stability in the euro zone. european officials offered support for debt-laden greece at a summit yesterday. we don't know what's in the plan. it's some sort of support. >> i don't know what the plan is. except everybody is happy they're in a plan. >> they're in something. they've expressed support. >> monday, the finance ministers meet again. this may be a situation where you see more of the details that start to emerge. what's it call, the european -- the meeting on monday. >> what worries me is that the plan itself will be so underwell manying that people will say, is
bernanke is not sitting next to me but yesterday, he delivered grim news about the nation's unemployment to congress. and our old buddy stuart varney is joining us right now. watched his testimony. it was scary when he was talking about the debt we're running up. but also the fact that unemployment is going to remain high for a while. >> if you listened carefully it was a pretty grim outlook for the u.s. economy. >> it was. >> he spelled it out. this is a very weak recovery and a jobless recovery to boot. you won't get back down to even 7 1/2% unemployment for a couple of years. the end of 2012. a jobless, weak recovery. not good. >> he's not raising interest rates. and that made -- >> the stock market looks to lower interest rates. that's basically it. if you keep interest rates way, way down, markets love it. >> what that said to me when he made the comments is people sitting in the obama administration will say well, that's our green light for more stimulus plan. > >> well, it's also a signal that the first stimulus plan all $862 billion worth of it did not work as advertised. proof
benjumped 91 points, the bernanke cold congress that though the stimulus package created jobs the unemployment rate is near 10% and job openings scarce. a particular concern because of its long-term implications for workers skills and wages is the increasing insissence of long-term unemployment. >> reporter: interest rates will stay at record low levels for the next several months because recovery from recession is expected to remain slow. the senate has passed a $15 billion job creation bill that would give tax breaks to companies that hire the unemployment and will fund infrastructure projects. 70 senators including 13 republicans voted for the bill which moves to the house. the general motors is pulling the plug on its hummer brand. the automaker was unable to complete the sale to a chinese company. it now plans to wind down operations but will still honor warranties, and provide service and spare parts to hummer owners. i'm matt cherry. >>> coming up republicans want to start from scratch on healthcare. how president obama and democrats hope to still pass the bill despite
with bernanke and for some reason there have been just no real uptick generally about the fact that those types of things already are prohibited. you can only use a minimal amount of the bank's capital in other areas of a bank holding company. in addition to that, it actually move capital permanently, you've got to reduce the capital of the commercial bank also. so i do wonder -- >> yes, go ahead. basically, you're saying that those who think this is simply a punitive move by the obama administration are right. am i reading you correctly? >> well, let me say this. look, paul volcker is like a folk hero here? there's no question. his inflation efforts were tremendously appreciated and the timing of the announcement, i think everybody on all sides are transparently political. that doesn't mean, that look, we don't need to continue to look at ways of dealing with this. i don't think it got a great reception yesterday. again, we've got one more hearing tomorrow with goldman and others and we'll drill down in another way, but my sense is there's not a lot of traction on it because there are mechanis
market overseas are down in anticipation of fed chairman ben bernanke's testimony. that will happen in congress and will happen today. he's talking where the economy is going and what's going to happen to interest rates. it comes a day after the consumer confidence index dropped 10 points. i'm competent this segment will with gretchen. >> freedom of speech is live and well in america's universities, we know that, right? unless you're saying something that the students don't like. check out recently happened at u.c. irvine when the israeli ambassador to the u.s., michael orrin tried to deliver a speech he was invited to make. >> it's a source of frustration the person who spent much of his life speaking hebrew. >> not -- >> haven't come to this campus to hear one idea. you've come to hear a multiplicity of ideas. >> guilty of 100 -- >> you, sir are responsible for genocide. >> ok. fox news contributor tucker carlson is joining us this morning from washington. good morning to you, tucker. >> good morning. >> that's disgraceful. they invite this guy to the university to speak and c
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